Holistic lifestyles are spreading and becoming popular, all while organic is growing in popularity as well. People who are part of this lifestyle will often need to grow their own herbs for the best health benefits, and these plants should be grown organically. Read these tips to get started.
If sustainability and organic gardening are appealing to you, leave a portion of the property you own undeveloped to give wildlife a place to thrive. Your cultivated garden spaces will benefit from the various insects and wildlife that will inhabit and pollinate the undeveloped space.
If you are growing plants inside of your home, you need to keep the thermostat set to 65 to 75 degrees during the day. Plants need to be in an environment that is neither too warm nor too cool for them to grow. If your home isn't that warm during in winter, try a heat lamp to use on your organic plants instead.
As your seeds sprout, they require less warmth than before. Move your plants further away from your heat source as they grow. Remove plastic films on containers to prevent warmth and humidity from penetrating them. Keep an eye on your seeds so you will know when this should be done.
Pine is a wonderful mulch so do not discard the idea. There are many types of plants with a high acidity, which means they thrive in acidic soil. If you have these plants in your garden, keep them healthy by using pine needles as mulch. Simply add a layer of pine needles a couple of inches deep to the plant beds. The needles will decompose over time and provide the soil with acidity.
Spacing is essential when planting an organic garden. Leave a little more space than you think your full grown plant will need to make up for overgrowth. Your plants will need the space not only because of their physical size, but also because the space will provide air circulation for the garden. It is, therefore, important for you to plan accordingly and allow for enough room between your seed rows.
Tend your organic garden on a regular schedule. Even doing just a few small things each day can keep chores from piling up and eventually becoming unmanageable. This will save you a lot of time in the long run. If you're outside with your pet, try to remove weeds when your pet is doing his business.
Within your composting heap, ensure that there is an equal split of dried and green plant materials. Green plant mulches include everything from fresh grass clippings, to unwanted vegetables, to recently pulled weeds. Dried plant material, however, can include items such as cardboard, sawdust and shredded paper. Avoid meat, ashes, charcoal, plants with diseases and manure from carnivores.
Do you want to kill weeds without using commercial chemicals? Use several layers of newspapers for weed control. Weeds need sun for growth, just like any other plant. If you place sheets of newspaper over the weeds, they will die due to a lack of sunlight. Because newspapers decompose well with the passage of time, they make great additions to compost. In order to improve its attractiveness, add one mulch layer.
Your organic gardening efforts will get easier as you pick up more and more tips and techniques about this activity. The tips in this article are just a jumping off point for you.